Morning Jolt: Gavin Newsom and the Democrats Deserve Each Other

On the menu today: California governor Gavin Newsom is not-so-subtly positioning himself to run for president if Joe Biden can't or won't run for reelection, and the sharp-eyed journalist Josh Barro argues that Newsom would be a catastrophically foolish choice for the Democratic Party. In theory, Barro is right, but there's little evidence that partisans are really all that bothered by hypocrisy and double standards. Newsom represents California progressivism at its purest and most insufferable — entitled, sleazy, self-aggrandizing, virtue-signaling, and ineffective when it matters most. From the perspective of the right, that might make Gavin Newsom the perfect representative of the modern Democratic Party in the coming election cycle.

The Dirty Secret: Voters Rarely Have a Problem with Hypocrisy

Josh Barro takes a funny crowbar to California governor Gavin Newsom, contending that Newsom’s not-so-subtle, quasi-presidential campaign is a colossal disaster in the making for Democrats, and wondering how anyone in the ...

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Gavin Newsom and the Democrats Deserve Each Other

On the menu today: California governor Gavin Newsom is not-so-subtly positioning himself to run for president if Joe Biden can't or won't run for reelection, and the sharp-eyed journalist Josh Barro argues that Newsom would be a catastrophically foolish choice for the Democratic Party. In theory, Barro is right, but there's little evidence that partisans are really all that bothered by hypocrisy and double standards. Newsom represents California progressivism at its purest and most insufferable — entitled, sleazy, self-aggrandizing, virtue-signaling, and ineffective when it matters most. From the perspective of the right, that might make Gavin Newsom the perfect representative of the modern Democratic Party in the coming election cycle.

The Dirty Secret: Voters Rarely Have a Problem with Hypocrisy

Josh Barro takes a funny crowbar to California governor Gavin Newsom, contending that Newsom’s not-so-subtle, quasi-presidential campaign is a colossal disaster in the making for Democrats, and wondering how anyone in the ...   READ MORE

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